As we all experienced last week here in Elmhurst and Chicago's near west suburbs, nature can catch us off guard and leave a mess!  We’re fortunate to live in a region that doesn’t experience this type of severe weather often, and gratefully the officials and local representatives have been extremely helpful and attentive to the needs of all residents.  It’s great to see neighbors helping neighbors, and times like these truly awaken the core solidarity of the community.

Instances like this make us more aware of our disaster preparedness and even the unavoidable can teach us a thing or two about how to respond.  While the water levels have dissipated, there are still precautions to take and a bit more adapting to do.
If you’re among those wondering what more you could have done ahead of time, here are a few things to keep in mind for the next time a storm hits:

1.     Make sure your home has a Disaster Kit.  Water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, portable radio and batteries are the most essential to your family’s kit.

2.    Keep waterproofing materials like sandbags and plastic bags in the garage or basement.

3.    Have safety-routes for a family evacuation, and go over them once a year.

4.    Keep storm drains clear of clutter and debris.

5.    If you’re driving, park and find an open, safe building, don’t attempt to drive on flooded roads.

6.    Stay informed, either by radio or television for instructions.

If your home experienced flooding or roof leaks, you’ll want to take the proper steps to clean and avoid mold growth for the sake of your health and your house. The EPA website features an overview of how to deal with this.  

Contact us at the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group for recommendations regarding home repairs if needed, be sure you’re hiring trustworthy professionals with references.

Lastly, the stress of a disaster can take its toll!  Make sure you’re rested and don’t allow the projects that may have been brought about by the storm to overtake you.  Even a great place like Elmhurst is not immune to the occasional storm, but only a strong community like ours can weather it together and come out wiser, and more prepared.

 

Tom and Maria
Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group
Phone: 630-617-6014
Email: Tom@MariaandTom.com | Maria@MariaandTom.com
www.gmregroup.com
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